Stockholm 23 March 2018
The shareholders of INVISIO Communications AB are hereby summoned to the Annual General Meeting held on Thursday 26 April 2018 at 1.00 p.m. at IVA's premises on Grev Turegatan 16 in Stockholm.
This is an unofficial office translation of the Swedish original. In case of differences the Swedish version shall prevail.
RIGHT TO ATTEND AND NOTIFICATION
Anyone wishing to attend the meeting must
Notification must be given in writing to INVISIO Communications AB, Att: Bolagsstämma, Box 151, SE-201 21 Malmö, Sweden or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. When giving notification shareholders are asked to state name, personal ID or company registration number, address, daytime telephone number, shareholding as well as name of any advisors.
If shareholder’s attendance and right at the meeting will be exercised by proxy, we would be grateful if such is provided in connection with the notification of attendance. Forms of proxy are made available to shareholders at the company and on the company’s website www.invisio.com. Anyone representing a legal entity is asked to provide a copy of certificate of registration or equivalent documentary authority which evidences authorised signatory.
To be entitled to attend the meeting, holders of nominee registered shares must instruct the nominee to have the shares registered in the shareholder’s own name, so that the shareholder is entered in the share register kept by Euroclear Sweden AB as of Friday 20 April 2018.
RESOLUTIONS PROPOSED BY THE NOMINATION COMMITTEE
Election of Chairman at the meeting (item 2)
The nomination committee proposes that Lars Röckert is elected as Chairman at the Annual General Meeting.
Determination of the number of members of the board and election of the members of the board and the Chairman of the board (items 12, 14)
The nomination committee proposes that the board shall consist of six members, no deputies.
The nomination committee proposes that the Annual General Meeting shall re-elect Annika Andersson, Charlotta Falvin, Lage Jonason and Lars Röckert as board members, and elect Ulrika Hagdahl and Martin Krupicka as new board members, for the period until the end of the next Annual General Meeting. The board members Mats Warstedt and Anders Persson have declined re-election.
Ulrika Hagdahl is born 1962. Ulrika is a board member of Sectra AB, Starbreeze AB, HiQ International AB, Beijer Electronics Group AB, Image Systems AB, AB Idre Golf Ski & Spa and Westermo Teleindustri AB. Ulrika has a Master of Science in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and has previously established and run Orc Software AG , where she inter alia had the position as CEO during 1990-2000.
Martin Krupicka is born in 1973. Martin is since 2009 CEO of Brokk Group. Martin has previously worked with corporate strategy and mobile services at Microsoft as well as with management consulting at Connecta and Accenture . Martin has a Master of Science in International Industrial Engineering and Management from Linköping Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School. The nomination committee proposes that Lars Röckert is re-elected as Chairman of the board.
Further information about the proposed board members is available at www.invisio.com.
Determination of the fees to the board members and the auditor (item 13)
The nomination committee proposes that the remuneration to the Chairman of the board shall increase from SEK 420,000 to SEK 430,000 and to each of the other members of the board from SEK 165,000 to SEK 170,000. The nomination committee furthermore proposes unchanged remuneration to the Chairman of the remuneration committee of SEK 60,000 and to each of the other two members of this committee of SEK 40,000. Altogether, the proposal means that the total remuneration to the board members will amount to SEK 1,420,000 (compared to SEK 1,385,000 the previous period).
The nomination committee proposes that remuneration to the auditor shall be paid in accordance with approved invoices.
Determination of number of auditors and election of auditor (item 15)
The nomination committee proposes, in accordance with the board’s recommendation, that the company shall have a registered audit firm as auditor, and that the registered audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers AB shall be re-elected as auditor for the period until the close of the Annual General Meeting 2019. PricewaterhouseCoopers AB has informed INVISIO Communications that they will appoint the authorised public accountant Mats Åkerlund as auditor-in-charge if PricewaterhouseCoopers AB is re-elected as auditor.
RESOLUTIONS PROPOSED BY THE BOARD
Resolution regarding disposition of the company's result in accordance with the adopted balance sheet (item 10)
To the Annual General Meeting's disposal are retained earnings including a share premium fund of SEK 28,332,406 and the result of the year amounting to SEK 88,881,105, i.e. SEK 117,213,511 in total. The board proposes a dividend of SEK 0.60 per share and that the record date for the divided shall be Monday 30 April 2018. If the Annual General Meeting resolves in accordance with the proposal, the divided is estimated to be paid to the shareholders around Friday 4 May 2018. A statement in accordance with Chapter 18 Section 4 in the Swedish Companies Act has been submitted as response to the board's proposed dividend. The remaining amount of the profit is proposed to be carried forward in a new account.
Resolution on guidelines for remuneration to senior executives (item 16)
The board proposes the following guidelines for remuneration to senior executives in INVISIO Communications Group and members of the board in the parent company, to the extent they receive remuneration that is not related to their board assignment.
Guidelines for remuneration
INVISIO Communications shall seek to offer a total remuneration that enables the group to attract and retain senior executives. Remuneration to senior executives in INVISIO Communications shall both on a short and a long term basis, be based on the individual's performance and responsibility and the result of INVISIO Communications and its subsidiaries as well as align the interests and rewards of the senior executives with the shareholders'.
Remuneration to the senior executives may consist of:
The fixed salary to the senior executives is revised annually and shall be competitive and based on the individual's competence, responsibility and performance.
The variable cash remuneration to the senior executives shall be based on how well the targets set for their respective area of responsibility, INVISIO Communications and its subsidiaries are met. The result shall be linked to measurable targets (qualitative, quantitative, general and individual). The targets within each senior executive's respective area of responsibility aims to encourage the development of INVISIO Communications both on a short and a long term basis. The variable remuneration shall not exceed 50 per cent of the fixed salary and shall, to the extent permitted by applicable law, not affect pension or holiday allowance.
Stock option program
The general meeting shall resolve on all share- and share price-related incentive programs to senior executives, i.e. the management of the company.
The board has proposed a new stock option program, to be resolved by this Annual General Meeting, the Stock Option Program 2018/2021. The objective of the Stock Option Program 2018/2021 is to link a portion of the employees’ remuneration to the long-term performance of INVISIO, and thereby align their interests with those of the shareholders.
Any pension benefit shall be of a defined contribution.
The CEO has a period of notice of twelve months when termination is made by the company and of eight months when termination is made by the CEO. Other senior executives have a period of notice of six months when termination is made by the company and of three months when termination is made by the senior executive himself/ herself.
Remuneration to board members
Elected board members shall in specific cases be able to receive a fee for services within their respective area of expertise which does not constitute board work. For such services shall be paid a market based fee, which shall be approved by the board.
Derivations from the guidelines
The board may, if it determines that there are specific reasons in an individual case, to deviate from the guidelines. If such a deviation takes place, the board shall report the reasons for the deviation at the following Annual General Meeting.
Evaluation of the guidelines and the auditor's statement regarding whether the guidelines have been followed
In accordance with the Swedish Code of Corporate Governance, the board monitors and evaluates the application of the, by the Annual General Meeting resolved, guidelines for remuneration to senior executives. The company's auditor has, in accordance with Chapter 8, Section 54 in the Swedish Companies Act, issued a statement regarding whether the guidelines for remuneration to senior executives for 2017 have been complied with. The board's assessment and the auditor's review has resulted in the conclusion that INVISIO Communications during 2017 has complied with the guidelines resolved on by the Annual General Meeting.
Resolution regarding adoption of a stock option program, issuance of stock options and transfer of stock options (item 17)
The board proposes that the Annual General Meeting resolves on a long-term, share based, incentive program in accordance with items A. – C. (the “Stock Option Program 2018/2021”).
The objective of the Stock Option Program 2018/2021 is to link a portion of the employees’ remuneration to the long-term performance of INVISIO, and thereby align their interests with those of the shareholders. In addition, the Stock Option Program 2018/2021 will be an important tool for INVISIO to motivate and engage the company’s employees and the board considers the program beneficial for both INVISIO and its shareholders in the coming years. Board members elected by the general meeting are not allowed to participate in the Stock Option Program 2018/2021.
The Stock Option Program 2018/2021 has the same structure as the stock option program adopted in 2013, which ended in 2017, but instead of being based merely on INVISIO’s share price development (a so called exercise price), a performance criteria, based on INVISIO’s share price development during a Measurement Period (see definition below) in relation to the share price development of a Nasdaq Stockholm reference index, is introduced in the Stock Option Program 2018/2021.
A. ADOPTION OF THE PROGRAM
1. The Stock Option Program 2018/2021 in brief
All INVISIO group employees will be entitled to participate in the Stock Option Program 2018/2021.
Based on performance, position and the employee’s importance to the INVISIO group, the employees will be granted stock options which entitle the participants to acquire shares in INVISIO during 2021, subject to the terms and conditions of the Stock Option Program 2018/2021 (the “Stock Options”). If the participant (i) throughout the entire vesting period of the Stock Option Program 2018/2021, which runs from the allotment of the Stock Option up to and including 30 April 2021 (the “Vesting Period”), with certain exceptions, is employed by the INVISIO group and (ii) to the extent the performance based criteria for the Stock Options has been reached during 1 May 2018 – 30 April 2021 (the “Measurement Period”), the participants will be entitled to acquire shares in INVISIO during May – June 2021.
To ensure INVISIO’s undertaking to deliver shares to the participants in the Stock Option Program 2018/2021, the board proposes that the Annual General Meeting resolves to issue a maximum of 500,000 warrants (each warrant entitle to subscription for one (1) share in INVISIO) to a wholly owned Danish subsidiary, INVISIO Communications AS (the “Subsidiary”). To such extent the performance criteria of the Stock Option Program 2018/2021 is reached, the warrants shall be exercised to deliver shares in INVISIO to the participants in the Stock Option Program 2018/2021.
Pursuant to IFRS 2, the Stock Options are to be recorded as a personnel expense during the Vesting Period and should be reported directly against equity. Based on the assumption of a share price of SEK 70 at the time of allotment and calculated by using the Monte Carlo method, the estimated total reported cost for the Stock Options is approx. SEK 3.2 million for the period 2018-2021.
In the event of a positive price trend, social security costs will arise due to the Stock Options. These costs shall be recognised during the tenor of the Stock Options based on the value changes of the Stock Options.
Based on the assumption that all 500,000 Stock Options will be exercised to acquire new shares in INVISIO on 15 May 2021, and an increase of INVISIO’s share price of 35 per cent during the Vesting Period, the social security costs are estimated to be approx. SEK 0.3 million. The costs are continuously reviewed during the Vesting Period.
3. Dilution and effects on important key ratios
Up to 500,000 Stock Options may be issued to the participants in the program. The maximum number of shares in INVISIO which may be subscribed for in the Stock Option Program 2018/2021 is 500,000, corresponding to an increase of the share capital of a maximum of SEK 500,000. Based on the current number of outstanding shares, the maximum dilution resulting from the Stock Option Program 2018/2021 will be approx. 1.1 per cent of outstanding shares and votes, provided that all Stock Options are exercised to acquire new shares in INVISIO.
The costs and dilution are expected to have only a marginal effect on the key ratios of INVISIO.
4. Other share related incentive programs
There are no ongoing share related incentive programs in INVISIO.
5. Main terms and conditions for the Stock Option Program 2018/2021
5.1 Issuance and allotment of Stock Options
A maximum of 500,000 Stock Options may be allotted to the participants in the Stock Option Program 2018/2021. Allotment will occur on 1 May 2018.
5.2 Participants in the program and allocation
The Stock Options may be allocated to all employees who, at the time of allotment, are permanently employed by the INVISIO group, approx. 80 persons. Persons who, at the time of allotment, have resigned from their employment, or who have been dismissed from their employment by INVISIO, will not be granted Stock Options. Future employees, who have not yet commenced their employment at the time of allotment, may, conditioned upon that the employment commences on 1 December 2018 at the latest, be offered to participate in the Stock Option Program 2018/2021 if the board considers it compatible with the objective of the program.
The participants may be granted the maximum number of Stock Options as stated below.
Category 1 – CEO, may be granted a maximum of 35,000 Stock Options.
Category 2 – a maximum of six senior executives, may be granted a maximum of 17,000 Stock Options per person.
Category 3 – other employees, approx. 75 persons, may be granted a maximum of 8,000 Stock Options per person.
Allotment of Stock Options shall be based on inter alia the participant’s performance, position and importance for INVISIO.
No employee is guaranteed to be granted Stock Options.
5.3 Stock option and purchase price
The granted Stock Options are received free of charge.
After the Stock Options have been granted and vested, and to the extent the performance criteria for the Stock Options have been reached, each Stock Option entitles to the acquisition of one (1) share in INVISIO at a price corresponding to the average share price of INVISIO’s share during the period 1 April 2018 – 30 April 2018 (the ”Purchase Price”). The average share price shall be calculated as the average for each trading day calculated average volume-weighted price paid for the INVISIO share on Nasdaq Stockholm, round off to the nearest full ten öre whereby five öre shall be round off upwards.
5.4 Vesting conditions
Exercise of granted Stock Options is conditioned upon, with exception to what is stated below, that the participant is employed by the INVISIO group during the entire Vesting Period, or that;
A participant encompassed by items (a)-(d) above shall, with regard to the Stock Options, be treated as if he/she was still employed by the INVISIO group during the entire Vesting Period.
If the employment relationship would come to an end, due to other circumstances than what is stated above under (a)-(d), but otherwise for whatever reason, before the end of the Vesting Period, the Stock Options will lapse and cannot be exercised. If the employment is terminated after the end of the Vesting Period, but before the end of the Exercise Period (see definition below), already granted Stock Options may be exercised during the Exercise Period as if the employment relationship lasted during the entire Vesting Period.
5.5 Performance criteria
The number of granted Stock Options, which each participant will be entitled to exercise to acquire shares in INVISIO, is dependent on the extent to which the following performance criteria for the Stock Option Program 2018/2021 has been reached:
The share price development for the INVISIO share (including paid dividends) during the Measurement Period compared to the SIX Portfolio Return Index (”SIXPRX”) reference index. (SIXPRX displays the average development (including dividends) on Nasdaq Stockholm adjusted for stock fund placement limitations.)
In order for all (100 per cent) of the Stock Options to entitle the participant to acquire shares in INVISIO it is required that the share price development for INVISIO surpasses SIXPRX with 20 percentage points. If the share price development surpasses SIXPRX with 10 percentage points, half (50 per cent) of the participant’s Stock Options will entitle the participant to acquire shares in INVISIO. If the share price development for the INVISIO share surpasses SIXPRX with more than 10 but with less than 20 percentage points, the Stock Options will entitle to acquisition of shares in INVISIO on a linear basis between 50 to 100 per cent. If the share price development in INVISIO does not surpasses SIXPRX with 10 percentage points, all (100 per cent) of the Stock Options will lapse.
The exercise of Stock Options to acquire new shares in INVISIO may, to the extent the performance criteria for the Stock Option Program 2018/2021 is reached and the participant has fulfilled the vesting conditions, occur during the period 15 May – 30 June 2021 (the “Exercise Period”).
The Exercise Period may be postponed if the board deem it suitable.
The Stock Options will automatically lapse and may no longer be exercised at the end of the Exercise Period.
5.7 Transfer and pledging
Stock Options are non transferrable and may not be pledged.
As far as the warrants, which have been issued to secure delivery of shares to the participants in the Stock Option Program 2018/2021, are subject to recalculation according to the terms and conditions for warrants, the Stock Options shall be recalculated accordingly.
Recalculation shall take place in the event of e.g. bonus issues, rights issues, reverse share splits and share splits in accordance with the terms and conditions for warrants 2018/2021, which are available on INVISIO’s website.
5.9 Change of control
In the event of a change of control in INVISIO, which inter alia includes that someone, directly or indirectly, owns or controls 50 per cent or more of the votes in INVISIO as well as in certain other events, participants have a right to exercise granted Stock Options in advance, i.e. even during the Vesting Period.
5.10 Preparation and administration
The Stock Options shall be subject to the provisions of separate agreements with each participant.
The board shall be responsible for preparing the agreements with the participants and the administration of the Stock Option Program 2018/2021, with its primary terms and conditions being in accordance with the resolution by the Annual General Meeting. In connection therewith, the board may make adjustments in order to fulfil specific rules or market conditions. Further, the board may make other adjustments, including to resolve to reduce the number of Stock Options which may be exercised to acquire new shares (wholly or partially) for all employees or certain categories of employees which are encompassed by the Stock Option Program 2018/2021, if significant changes occur in the INVISIO group or on the market that the board considers entailing that the conditions for acquisition of new shares in the Stock Option Program 2018/2021 no longer fulfils the objective of the Stock Option Program 2018/2021.
B. ISSUANCE OF WARRANTS
In order to secure the delivery of shares pursuant to the Stock Option Program 2018/2021, the Board of INVISIO proposes that INVISIO, deviating from the shareholders’ preferential rights, issues 500,000 warrants, Series 2018/2021, entitling to subscription of new shares in INVISIO as follows.
The reason for deviating from the shareholders’ preferential rights is to ensure delivery of shares to the participants in the Stock Option Program 2018/2021. For an account of the reasons for adopting the Stock Option Program 2018/2021, please see item A.
C. APPROVAL OF TRANSFER OF WARRANTS
The board proposes that the Subsidiary may transfer/dispose of the warrants to the participants or otherwise to third parties for the purpose of delivering shares in INVISIO to the participants in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Stock Option Program 2018/2021. The Subsidiary may only transfer/dispose of the warrants for this purpose.
1. Majority requirements
Resolutions in accordance with the board’s proposals are encompassed by Chapter 16 of the Swedish Companies Act (2005:551) and are therefore conditional upon being supported by at least 9/10 of the votes cast and the shares represented at the general meeting.
The board of INVISIO further proposes that the board, or the person that the board may appoint, shall be authorised to make the adjustments in the resolution as may be required in connection with registration with the Swedish Companies Registration Office and Euroclear Sweden AB.
3. Preparation of the proposal
INVISIO's remuneration committee has initiated and prepared the Stock Option Program 2018/2021 in consultation with external advisors during the first quarter of 2018.
Shares and votes
The number of outstanding shares and votes in the company are, as of the date of this notice, 44,098,494.
The board, or the person that the board will appoint, shall be authorised to make the minor adjustments in the Annual General Meeting's resolutions as may be required in connection with registration with the Swedish Companies Registration Office and Euroclear Sweden.
The board and the nomination committee's complete proposals and other documents that should be available according to the Swedish Companies Act and the Swedish Code of Corporate Governance, are since Friday 23 March 2018 available to the shareholders at the company's website, www.invisio.com and will be sent to the shareholders who so request and state their postal or email address.
The documents can be requested in writing at the address INVISIO Communications AB, Att: Bolagsstämma, Box 151, SE-201 21 Malmö, Sweden or by e-mail: email@example.com.
Shareholders' right to request information
The board and the CEO shall, if any shareholder so requests and the board believes that it can be done without material harm to the company, provide information regarding circumstances that may affect the assessment of an item on the agenda, circumstances that can affect the assessment of the company's or its subsidiaries' financial situation and the company's relation to other companies within the group and the consolidated accounts.
Stockholm in March 2018
INVISIO Communications AB (publ)
For more information, please contact:
Lars Højgård Hansen, CEO, INVISIO Communications
Mobile: + 45 53 72 77 22
Tina Dackemark Lawesson, Director Investor Relations, INVISIO Communications
Mobile: +45 53 72 77 33
About INVISIO Communications AB
INVISIO develops and sells advanced communication systems with hearing protection that enable professionals in noisy and mission critical environments to communicate and operate effectively. The company combines insights in acoustics and human hearing with broad engineering know-how in software, materials technology and interface, among others. Sales are primarily via a global network of partners and resellers, as well as from the headquarters in Copenhagen and the sales offices in the USA, France and Italy. INVISIO's registered office is in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company's share is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (IVSO). More information is available on the company's website www.invisio.com